All seven Fulton County high schools on the list are gold-medal schools.
Gwinnett has two gold- and eight silver-medal schools; DeKalb has two gold, one silver and one bronze; Cobb has one gold and seven silver. Both Clayton County schools on the list are silver-medal schools.
Only 38 states and the District of Columbia had at least one school that earned a gold medal, and six of those states had only one.
A more inclusive national list includes Early College High School at Carver in Atlanta, in the bronze category.
U.S. News evaluates more than 20,500 public high schools nationwide. It says it looks at the proportion of students who exceed academic expectations, taking into account how many of a school’s students are from low-income families. It also factors in graduation rates and students’ performance on state tests.
Anita Narayan, U.S. News managing editor, said, “Top-ranked schools succeed in three main areas: exceeding expectations on state proficiency tests, offering challenging coursework and graduating their students.”
These are U.S. News’ top 10 Georgia schools, and their school districts:
1 - Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Gwinnett County
2 - DeKalb School of the Arts, DeKalb County
3 - Columbus High School, Muscogee County
4 - Davidson Magnet School, Richmond County
5 - Savannah Arts Academy, Chatham County
6 - Cambridge High School, Fulton County
7 - Alpharetta high School, Fulton County
8 - Johns Creek High School, Fulton County
9 - Walton High School, Cobb County
10 - Northview High School, Fulton County